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Get Your Child’s Shots on Schedule

Shots (also called vaccinations or immunizations) work best when they are given at certain ages. Find out which shots your child needs.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Get Your Child’s Vision Checked

Healthy eyes and vision are very important to a child’s development. Schedule an eye exam for your child and learn how to protect and help develop your child’s vision.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Get Your Pre-Teen's Shots on Schedule

Doctors recommend that 11 and 12 year olds get important shots (vaccines). Schedule a checkup for your pre-teen.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Protect Your Family from Lead Poisoning

Lead can cause learning and behavior problems in children. Learn steps you can take to protect your family from lead poisoning.

Review Date: December 11, 2011

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Help Your Child Stay at a Healthy Weight

One of the best ways to prevent overweight and obesity in your child is to improve the eating and activity levels of your entire family. Learn how to help your child make healthy choices.

Review Date: October 29, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: 12 Month Visit- (PDF)

These questions will guide you in discussions with the pediatrician about your child's safety, discipline, meal and bedtime routines, and more.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: 15 Month Visit- (PDF)

These questions will guide you in discussions with the pediatrician about your child's safety, sleep routines and social development.

Review Date: May 14, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: 18 Month Visit- (PDF)

These questions will guide you in discussions with the pediatrician about your child's behavior, safety, toilet training progress, and language development.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: 2 and 1/2 Year Visit- (PDF)

These questions will guide you in discussions with the pediatrician about your child's daily routines, communication skills, and social behavior.

Review Date: May 14, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: 4 Year Visit- (PDF)

These questions will guide you in discussions with the pediatrician about your child's health habits and readiness to attend school.

Review Date: May 18, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: 5 and 6 Year Visits- (PDF)

These questions will guide you in discussions with your child's pediatrician about your child's safety, physical activity, nutrition, behavior and readiness to attend school.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: 7 and 8 Year Visits- (PDF)

These questions will guide you in discussions with your child's pediatrician about your child's school progress, behavior, physical activity, nutrition, and oral health.

Review Date: May 18, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: 9 and 10 Year Visits- (PDF)

These questions will guide you in discussions with the pediatrician about your child's development, physical health and psychological well-being.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: Older Child/Early Adolescent Visit- (PDF)

These questions will guide you in discussions with the pediatrician about your child's physical growth and development, social skills, school performance ,behavior toward peers, and emotional well-being.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

After the Shots: What to Do If Your Child Has Discomfort- (PDF)

Find out what to do if your child has discomfort after the shot.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Immunization Action Coalition

Alternative Medicine and Your Child

Some alternative therapies may be helpful for a child when used to complement traditional care. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for safe treatment options.

Review Date: March 02, 2011

The Nemours Foundation

Ask the Pediatrician

Pediatricians from the American Academy of Pediatrics provide answers to your health questions.

Review Date: June 27, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Aspirin

Find general facts about aspirin, as well as safety considerations when giving this drug to children.

Review Date: September 13, 2011

The Nemours Foundation

Asthma Wizard

The Asthma Wizard will guide you through fun activities to help you learn all about asthma and how it affects kids.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

National Jewish Medical and Research Center

BAM! Body and Mind

BAM! Body and Mind was created to help kids 9-13 years old make healthy lifestyle choices. Games, quizzes, and other interactive features help kids learn about peer pressure, stress, physical fitness, nutrition, safety, and more.

Review Date: February 04, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Bellyaches in Children

Every child complains about a bellyache (belly pain or abdominal pain) now and then. How can a parent tell what is wrong, and if it is dangerous? Learn when to be concerned and find questions to ask your doctor.

Review Date: May 28, 2014

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

Blast Off: Health & Nutrition Information for Children over Five

Play “Blast Off”, an interactive computer game where kids aged 6 to 11 can reach Planet Power by fueling their rocket with food and physical activity.

Review Date: October 29, 2012

Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Children's Sleep Apnea

Does your child snore or show other signs of disturbed sleep? It is estimated than 1 to 4 percent of children suffer from sleep apnea. If you suspect your child may have this condition, learn more about diagnosis and treatment, and open the link provided to find a directory of pediatric sleep specialists.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

American Sleep Apnea Association

Climate Change and the Health of Children

Find out how the changing climate may affect children’s health.

Review Date: November 01, 2012

Office of Children’s Health Protection, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Common Eye Problems in Children

Since many vision problems begin at an early age, it is very important that children receive proper eye care. Learn about amblyopia (lazy eye), strabismus (crossed eyes), color blindness, myopia (nearsightedness), and other conditions that can affect a child's vision.

Review Date: February 04, 2011

Prevent Blindness America

Community Services Locator for Children and Families

The Community Services Locator is designed to help service providers and families find available national, state, and local resources that can address child and family needs.

Review Date: December 09, 2012

Maternal and Child Health Library

Dehydration

Dehydration is a condition that occurs when someone loses more fluids than he or she takes in. Learn to spot the signs of dehydration before you become sick.

Review Date: August 06, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Diabetes: For Parents & Kids

Read about other kids and teens with diabetes. Here are some stories of their stories about living with diabetes. Do you want connect with someone who understands how you feel? Join the Planet D Message Board and meet other kids with diabetes.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

American Diabetes Association

Ear Infections in Children

Basic consumer health information about otitis media including a description, symptoms, diagnosis, prevention and treatment.

Review Date: January 23, 2013

NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

FDA Information for Kids and Teens

Songs, quizzes, interactive games, crossword puzzles, and more to help kids learn about health and safety.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Find a Pediatrician or Pediatric Specialist

Search for an American Academy of Pediatrics member pediatrician, pediatric sub-specialist, or pediatric surgical specialist in your area.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

For Kids: Diabetes Basics

This page provides information on diabetes, personal stories about living with the disease and related resources for children.

Review Date: February 21, 2013

The Nemours Foundation

For Kids: Going to the Doctor

Going to the doctor can be a scary experience for children. This fact sheet explains to children what they can expect at a regular medical checkup amd encourages them to ask questions.

Review Date: January 05, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Helping Your Child Breathe Easier

In terms of childhood disease, the respiratory system is the most critical. Here are some tips from the AARC to help your child breathe easier.

Review Date: December 27, 2012

American Association for Respiratory Care

How Much Physical Activity Do Children Need?

Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity each day. Read how you can help your child stay active and healthy.

Review Date: January 25, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Kids Aren't Just Small Adults- (PDF)

Find ten useful tips on giving medicine safely to infants and children.

Review Date: October 16, 2012

Consumer Healthcare Products Association

Kids' Asthma Check: For Ages 8-14

If you've been told you have asthma, or if you have trouble breathing when you run or play hard, take this simple Asthma Check and learn how you can make sure that asthma doesn't take your fun away.

Review Date: February 04, 2013

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

KidsHealth for Kids

KidsHealth has doctor-approved articles, animations, games, and resources to help kids learn more about their bodies and stay healthy.

Review Date: October 14, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Know Active Ingredients in Children's Medicines

If your child is taking more than one medication at the same time, there could be dangerous health consequences if those medicines have the same active ingredient. Find out why it is necessary to check the list of active ingredients and consult with your health provider or pharmacist.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Monitoring Your Child’s Sleep

Lack of sleep can make it difficult for young children to concentrate in school and can cause them to have problems working and playing with their peers. Read these tips to help make sure your child avoids sleep problems.

Review Date: February 01, 2012

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Over-the-Counter Medicines that Can Potentially Contribute to Reye's Syndrome Problems- (PDF)

This list of over-the-counter medicines includes those that contain aspirin products, and therefore, might contribute to Reye's Syndrome.

Review Date: December 09, 2012

National Reye's Syndrome Foundation

Parents Portal: Infants & Toddlers (Approximate Ages 0-3)

Being a parent of a baby or a toddler can be both fun and hard work. If your child is age three or younger, these resources will help you learn how to give your child a healthy start to life.

Review Date: February 24, 2011

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Play Day in the Park

This colorful activity book reinforces positive, healthy choices for children ages 3 to 4. Suitable for parents or educators, the book features the Building Blocks for a Healthy Future characters in a story that encourages children to play outside, exercise, and discover the world around them.

Review Date: October 31, 2012

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Starlight Children's Foundation Programs

Starlight brings together experts from pediatric health care, technology and entertainment to create outpatient, hospital-based and Web-based programs that help brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

Starlight Children’s Foundation

Tonsils and Tonsillectomies

This article provides information about tonsils, tonsillitis, and tonsillectomies.

Review Date: March 22, 2013

The Nemours Foundation

What Are the Health Risks for Children Who Are Overweight or Obese?

Read about problems associated with childhood obesity.

Review Date: February 01, 2012

The White House

What is Reye's Syndrome? - (PDF)

This fact sheet provides information about Reye's Syndrome and the causes.

Review Date: December 09, 2012

National Reye's Syndrome Foundation

What Medicines Are and What They Do

This article explains medicines to children including how they work to make children feel better, and how doctors know which medicines to prescribe for kids' illnesses.

Review Date: February 18, 2013

The Nemours Foundation

What Parents Need to Know About Bedwetting

Bedwetting is a common condition in children and adolescents and usually goes away on its own. But until it does, it can be embarrassing and uncomfortable for your child. Find tips for helping your chid cope with bedwetting, and learn when to call the doctor if the problem persists.

Review Date: February 19, 2013

The Nemours Foundation

Why Exercise is Cool

Important reasons why exercise is good for kids and why it is cool to be fit. Find out what exercise does for your heart, your muscles and your general health.

Review Date: July 23, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

WORD! A Glossary of Medical Words

Find definitions for medical terms here.

Review Date: February 04, 2013

The Nemours Foundation